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Bahamas Villa by Marco Acerbis Studio

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The villa is located at the centre of the garden allowing the building to naturally grow from the earth and to stand out like a beautiful tropical flower. The ground floor slab is suspended a foot off the ground allowing natural ventilation and cooling. The concrete mass of the slabs together with the swimming pool water are natural cooling elements that will absorb heat during the day providing a fresh and relaxing environment. The scheme provides for a very open yet protected floor arrangement allowing for a confortable inside outside living environment where boundaries are reduced to the minimum and enjoyment of an ever changing villa is enhanced to the maximum with balance and elegance.

Bahamas Villa

  • Architects: Marco Acerbis Studio
  • Project: Bahamas Villa
  • Location: Bahamas
  • Competition: Bahamas Design Challenge
  • Area: 650 mq
  • Client: Private
  • Software used: Rhino and Artlantis

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Hearst Tower in Eighth Avenue, New York by Foster + Partners

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Hearst Tower’s distinctive facetted silhouette rises dramatically above Joseph Urban’s existing six-storey Art Deco building, its main spatial event a vast internal plaza, occupying the entire shell of the historic base. Designed to consume significantly less energy than a conventional New York office building, it is a model of sustainable office design.

Images Courtesy Nigel Young - Foster Partners

  • Architect: Foster + Partners, Fit-out
  • Name of Project: Hearst Tower
  • Location: Eighth Avenue, New York, USA
  • Date: 2001-2006
  • Co-architects: Adamson Associates
  • Image credit: Chuck Choi, Nigel Young – Foster Partners
  • Drawings credit: Foster Partners

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House A in Osaka, Japan by Takeshi Hamada Architect

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The location is Abeno-ward Osaka, JAPAN. Though it is a superb location just 10 minutes from Tennoji Station, it is in the downtown streets filled with traditional emotion, there are traditional  tenement houses, old houses and shops, just 1 block from the main street. I planned the house in the narrow vacant land for 56-square-meters in this area. The house is light and open, and the residents can enjoy their hobbies.

House A

  • Architects: Takeshi Hamada Architect
  • Project: House A
  • Location: Abeno-ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Construction: August 2010 – March 2011
  • Photography: Yohei Sasakura

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Piraeus Tower in Athens, Greece by Marco Acerbis Studio

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

2010 International Competition the ‘New Face of Pireus Tower’, The second highest tower in Athens

Simple ideas have often been the driving force for the evolution of human kind, like the idea of the sails that allowed Greek ships to cruise all over the Mediterranean sea. Today, in an era of complex energy problems we also need simple solutions to difficult problems. To provide a  new look to the tower we have to think more about the environment and the energy consumption that we would  spend to climatize a building.

Evening View

  • Architect: marco acerbis studio
  • Name of Project: Piraeus Tower
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Client: Greek Architects, DuPont
  • Software used: Rhino and Artlantis

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A fragmented orchard in Kirchberg, Luxemburg by OKRA

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Description of the project:

OKRA won the competition to design a public space between office buildings in the Gruenewald area of the Luxemburg city borough of Kirchberg. OKRA thought of how to give the fragmented neighbourhood a consistent identity of its own. As the area lacked a clear programme, OKRA chose to come up with their personal programme for an ‘urban orchard’. By planting apple and pear trees, OKRA has attempted to create cohesion between the scattered spaces and buildings. Thus the theme of the ‘edible city’ gives this public space its coherence. The urban orchard consists of many little orchards, each with its own atmosphere – but everywhere passers-by are invited to pick the fruit.

Images Courtesy OKRA

  • Architect: OKRA
  • Name of Project: A fragmented orchard
  • Location: Kirchberg, Luxemburg
  • Client: Fonds d’urbanisation et d’aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg
  • Nature and dimensions of area: 2.8 Ha
  • Building costs public space: 150 Euro /m2
  • Dates: Design 2008, Implementation first phase starting in January 2009

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Subunit 2 and 4 Faculty of Medicine in Coimbra, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The building for the Subunit 2 and 4 of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, establishes connections with the surrounding area and is integrated in the landscape, creating a functional and formal interaction with the urban life of the Campus.

Subunit 2 and 4 Faculty of Medicine

  • Design Team: CVDB Arquitectos and AT93
      Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay, Tiago Santos, Bruno Dray e Paulo Cirne com Hugo Nascimento, Inês Carrapiço, Joana Barrelas, João Falcão, Laura Palma, Sílvia Amaral, Joaão Barata e Ricardo Pinto.
  • Project: Subunit 2 and 4 Faculty of Medicine
  • Location: University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Project Data: International public competition – 1st prize, 2009
  • Client: University of Coimbra
  • Landscape architecture: F&C Arquitectura Paisagista
  • Structure, foundations and services: AFA Consult
  • Total Built area: 12,370 sq m (133 150 sq ft)
  • Construction cost: 7,040,298 Euros ($ 9,703,780 USD)
  • Software used: Designed with AutoCAD and rendered with 3D Studio Max

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InBetween House in Karuizawa, Japan by Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Project update: November 4, 2011 — It wins ‘World Villa Of The Year’ at the 2011 World Architecture Festival

The client chose the sloped site surrounded by Japanese larch trees and located in a mountainous region, an hour away from Tokyo on a bullet train, as their ideal location for their home where they can retreat from their busy work in the city.  The house sits on an artificially leveled area of the site created thirty years ago and left unused.  Since the client wanted a house seamlessly blend into the natural surrounding, topography and local culture, we designed this house as a collection of small mountain cottages.

InBetween House

  • Architects: Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates
  • Project: InBetween House
  • Location: Karuizawa, Japan
  • Architect Team: Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates, Koji Tsutsui, Satoshi Ohkami, ANARCHItects(CG)

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Modular Arts in Seattle, Washington by Heliotrope architects

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Modular Arts is a Seattle-based company that designs and produces technologically advanced gypsum based 3-dimensional wall panel materials used by designers worldwide.  Their growing business recently relocated to a light-industrial building with accommodations for both office and manufacturing functions.  Heliotrope was brought in to collaborate on the office interior tenant improvement, which required replacement of all existing finishes, systems and furnishings.

Interior View

  • Architect: Heliotrope architects
  • Name of Project: Modular Arts
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Tenant Area: 2,200sf
  • Completion date: 2010
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp

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Entry for Prime Minister’s Official Residence of Korea in Sejong City, S.Korea by PRAUD + Sunghyun Architects

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The site has a strong advantage of having natural topography and scenary. It has been developed as stepped farmland and existing buildings are sitting on the site with in a relation to its topography. It is a very typical siting logic in Korea which puts topographical lines into more important criteria than absolute direction.

Main Entrance

  • Architect: PRAUD + Sunghyun Architects
  • Name of Project: Entry for Prime Minister’s Official Residence of Korea
  • Location: Sejong City, S.Korea
  • Landscape Architect: Lee Yoon-joo, Park Kyung-ui
  • Site Area: 20,000 m2
  • Project Area: 2,975 m2

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Industrial Designer House in Tokyo, Japan by Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

A house for an industrial designer standing in a quiet residential area in metropolitan Tokyo. It was required that this house be not only private in nature but also in coexistence with the client’s feelings for his life’s work, the industrial design.

Atelier and Study

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